The Bay St. Louis Little Theatre will open its latest production "Steel Magnolias" on November 9th. The play is written by Robert Harling and was his attempt to deal with the death of his sister. The title of the play describes the female characters who can be as delicate as magnolias, but are as tough as steel. The stage play was originally staged Off-Broadway in 1987, and then was produced on Broadway in 2005. It was made into a movie in 1989 starring Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, and Julia Roberts and directed by Herbert Ross.
In Chinquapin, Louisiana, all of the ladies who are "anybody" have their hair done in Truvy's beauty salon which is located in her house. When Truvy and her assistant, Annelle, and certain ladies of the town are in the salon, the humorous and sometimes poignant repartee flows. The long-standing relationships that are intertwined with life's ups and downs are revealed in the beauty shop. "The writer Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogueThe play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." The New York Daily News.
The show is directed by Dr. Richard O'Briant, local actor and Board member of the Little Theatre and is produced by Cheryl Grace. The cast includes Sarah Anderson, Leslie Barajas, Nancy Moynan, Mary Ellen Murphy, Alrie Poillion, and Susan Stevens.
This show will showcase the diversity of the Theatre's staging possibilities. O'Briant will place the set in the middle of the Theatre so the audiences will surround the beauty shop which will give the feeling of being in the beauty shop with the cast of characters. This configuration will be the first theater-inthe-round production in the new Theatre building. "This show was the perfect opportunity to work with the theater-in the-round concept. The Little Theatre was designed with the ability to put the stage and the audience anywhere in the auditorium, so why not?" stated Richard O'Briant.
The Little Theatre show dates are November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18. All shows start at 8pm and Sunday matinees start at 2pm. Theatre doors open one hour before the show and seating starts 30 minutes before the show. Seating reservations are required for all audience members.
Bay St. Louis Little Theatre (View)
398 Blaize Avenue in the Depot District
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
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